May 9, 2008

How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel

A camel arrived in the mail the other day. Okay. Okay. It was a book with a picture of a camel on the front. You don’t have to be so picky about things.

How to Fit a Car seat on a Camel and Other Misadventures Traveling with Kids is a collection of essays about, um, well, traveling with kids. It’s edited by the talented and well-traveled Sarah Franklin, who lives with her own kids and hubby in Ireland. Her essay is titled: “Splish, Splash, We’re in First Class.”

Here are a few other essay titles: “The Devil Wears Pull-Ups,” “Senseless in Seattle,” “Mouse Ears and Monster Faces: Adventures of the Medicated” and “Rock Me Like a Hurricane.”

My essay, “Road Trip Through Adolescence” is included in the collection. It’s about a memorable trip I took with our older son, Andrew, over the rocky landscape of Acadia National Park in Maine. Here’s how my essay winds up: “I realized that if Andrew handled the rocky landscape of adolescence with the same grace that he handled the rocky landscape at Acadia, he’d be just fine. And so would I.”

Do you have any funny/interesting/memorable stories about traveling? Do you have travel plans for this summer? With kids? Or will the soaring gas prices keep you closer to home?

We’re looking forward to visiting family and friends in Pennsylvania this summer. And I know exactly which book I’ll bring to read on the trip. Hint: There will be a picture of a camel on it.

Happy weekend,

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